This is my first post! I'm excited to be part of the site.
Here's my story....
I have been suffering with lower back pain since April.
It started as an ache in my lower back. I went to the chiro and received infrared therapy and an adjustment. The pain never went away it just became more manageable. Fast forward to July and I was in agonizing pain. I had pain in my lower back, in bum, down my right leg and into my foot. I couldn't even stand straight - I had to walk hunched over. I could walk a short distance (less than 10 steps) and had to stop for a breath. What a sight I'm sure!
I went to my PCP who sent me for an x-ray. X-ray came back showing nothing wrong. That night I ended up in the ER because the pain was so bad. They gave me a shot of Demerol and sent me home. (I live in a very rural area - it's over an hr to the nearest hospital with a MRI machine).
Within 3 days I was back in the ER for another shot of Demerol. It took my PCP 3 wks to get me in for an MRI.
In the meantime, I was given Vicodin ES, Flexeril, Soma and MMedrol. I finally had my MRI and it shows herniated L4,L5, S1. PCP sent me to PT. After 3 wks of PT they told me they couldn't really help me and suggested I see a Neurosurgeon. Another 5 wks passed until I could get into a Neurosurgeon. Neuro did a thorough exam and suggested surgery. :O I guess I knew that this wasn't a passing kind of back pain but I wasn't expecting surgery. I made my own appt at a pain mgmt clinic (for shots)- they also suggested surgery. I have an appt at an Orthopedic surgeon tomorrow. If he suggests surgery I will proceed with scheduling surgery. Back surgery is scary and worrisome. I just want to make sure I am making the correct decision. :SS
How many referrals did you get before going ahead with surgery? How long was your recovery (before you could return to work)? Any helpful tips for things to consider having on hand to make recovery smoother?
Thanks everyone for your help!